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Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6249 reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the performance and size. The screen and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the connectivity and reception. Comments are divided on the battery.

usability, portability, screen, size, performance

sound, reception, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 123 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the design and price are generally positive. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed views about the reliability.

performance, portability, usability, price, design

87% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy A5 SIM-Free Smartphone - WhiteSamsung Galaxy A5 SIM-Free Smartphone - White

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the price and portability. The performance and camera also get good reviews, whereas many are critical about the durability and reception. There are some mixed reviews about the size.

usability, camera, performance, portability, price

reception, durability

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy A5 A500H 16GB Unlocked GSM Android Cell Phone - Unlocked - Retail Packaging - (Black)Samsung Galaxy A5 A500H 16GB Unlocked GSM Android Cell Phone - Unlocked - Retail Packaging - (Black)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 / A500 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. Reviews about the sound and reliability are on the whole positive.

price, reliability, sound

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500F 16GB Black 4G LTE (FACTORY UNLOCKED)Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500F 16GB Black 4G LTE (FACTORY UNLOCKED)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Marvellous exterior, mid-range interior - Pocket-lint

 

It's the marvellous design where the Galaxy A5 really wins points, acting as a hint of things to come from future Samsung phones. As a lesser powerful

Delightful design (prefer it to SGS5), bright and colourful display, fair price makes more sense than original Galaxy Alpha, powerful enough to cater for most, 4G connectivity

Outspecced by Sony Z3 Compact, not Android Lollipop (which we think will smooth out OS slickness), would like a more significant battery, low-light camera ability

As a nod to where Samsung is heading with design, the Galaxy A5 is a great example of quality. Indeed, we'd rather have one in the pocket than the flagship Galaxy S5 - but that's just about to be replaced with the S6 come April, which fuses the best of...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Gareth Beavis (techradar.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review

 

The larger rival to Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Neat design ; More powerful screen

Still feels slightly odd ; Could be more expensive than better specced models

A neat package that finally points to Samsung sorting out the design problems it's had for years.

Feb, 2015

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Samsung A5 and A3 hands-on: Full metal jacket - Pocket-lint

 

The Samsung A series, first announced late 2014, has made an appearance at CES in Las Vegas before its UK debut and we were on hand to have a play. Cased

Jan, 2015

Expert review by: Max Parker (trustedreviews.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5

 

Samsung has mastered the high-end with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, but it has always struggled a with affordable devices. This is because Samsung kept skimping on important features to save money.

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Katharine Byrne (expertreviews.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review

 

An AMOLED screen, excellent camera and long battery life, but poor performance lets the pricey Galaxy A5 down

Jun, 2015

Expert review by: Jim Martin (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review

 

In the hand it feels remarkably svelte, and that's mainly because it's just 6.7mm thick. These figures are slightly lower than those for the iPhone 6, which is 129g and 6.9mm.

When put next to the Galaxy S5, it's hard to find reasons to buy the A5 instead. It's not a bad phone, but the S5 is simply better value now that it has dropped in price.

May, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Barraclough (recombu.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 Review: In Depth

 

We review the Samsung Galaxy A5, a 5-inch mid-range phone boasting premium design and performance.At the end of 2014, something bizarre happened. Maybe it was a tear in the space-time continuum, or maybe…

Solid, durable design ; Decent battery life ; Bright, attractive display

Feature light ; Weak HDR on camera

Samsung's Galaxy A5 already has us excited about the upcoming

Feb, 2015

Expert review by: Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3

 

Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 Android smartphones : Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 optimized for social networking. Young consumers can express themselves in greater style through new Samsung Galaxy A smartphones. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A5 and...

The Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are ideal for young consumers seeking practicality and functionality. Both Galaxy smartphones are equipped with an extraordinary Super AMOLED display and Adaptive Display technology to deliver clearer images with...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: (channel5.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review

 

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is part of the South Korean handset maker's full-metal step forward, delivering a slick handset in a firm chassis that doesn't feel flimsy. For £349, the Galaxy A5 is a 5.2-inch mid-range blower that measures up at just 6.9mm. Is...

Samsung's onto a winner with its all-metal phones, which started with last year's almost-fully aluminium Galaxy Alpha. The A5 looks and feels great in the hand, and its slim body makes it easy to pocket. It's large 5.2-inch display is clear and bright,...

With its good looks and solid performance, the A5 is a solid performer from Samsung. There’s a lack of Android Lollipop though, as the A5 only packs in 4.4.4 KitKat, and it's littered with Samsung's own "enhancements". We're not a fan of TouchWiz, and...

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a slick and stylish phone that copes with your typical day-to-day life and looks good doing it too. The only caveat is its price: £349 is a lot of money, especially as there are cheaper options available that sport better...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Dave Oliver (wired.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review

 

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is the big brother to the recent A3 . Both phones echo the sleek, metallic design style of last year's Galaxy Alpha , although this one has a bigger screen and an improved camera -- but is that enough to justify the £100 jump in...

Stylish and slim design, quality HD screen, decent quad-core processor, 13-megapixel camera with 5-megapixel camera on front, expandable memory

Not cheap

For around a £100 more than the A3, the Galaxy A5 has a bigger, better quality screen a superior camera, and the processor has been beefed up a little to cope with the greater demands placed on it. It's a sleek-looking device and a pretty good...

Feb, 2015

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2300 / 2900
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):14 / 5.7 / 8
Browsing time (4G):14 / 5.7 / 68 / 8
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):11 / 16 / 8 / 9.7
Continuous audio playback time:12 / 57 / 68 / 75
Continuous video playback time:10.2 / 12 / 14
Standby time (2G):530
Talk time (2G):15
Talk time (3G):15 / 16
Video call time:11

Call management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Face detection: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):13
Maximum frame rate:30
Night mode: Yes
Rear Camera Resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Second Camera:Y / Yes
Second camera resolution:5
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080 / 4128 x 1932
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 480p, 720p, 1080p
White Balance:Auto / auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):0.259 / 0.403 / 0.475 / 1.09
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: No
Head SAR (EU):0.23 / 0.230 / 0.247 / 0.286 / 0.7
Specific absorption rate (SAR) value (EU):0.247

Design

Colour of product:Black / Gold / Pink / Silver / White
Curved Design:N / No
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes
Form factor:Bar
Standard colour:Black / Gold / Silver / White

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:12.7 / 127 / 13.2
Display number of colours:16.0 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:SAMOLED
Orientation sensor:No / Y / Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Second display: No
Touch screen:Y / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch sensitive screen:Y
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / AAC, AAC+, AAC++, AMR, eAAC+, MP3, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA, eAAC+ / AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, WAV, WMA / AAC, OGG, MXMF, AMR, WAV, WMA, OGA, XMF, OTA, FLAC, MIDI, IMY, 3GA, MP4, RTX, AWB / AAC, WAV, AAC+, WMA, OGG, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3
FM radio:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, JPG, PNG / JPG / JPG, GIF
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / H.263, MPEG4
Video formats supported:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3GP, DIVX, MPEG4, WMV / H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, VP8, WMV7, WMV8 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8 / MP4, WMV, AVI, M4V, 3G2, FLV, MKV, ASF, WEBM, 3GP
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB / EFR, FR, HR

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y / Yes
GPS:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite):Y / Yes
Position location: Yes
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,1800,900,1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900 / 850,900,1900,2100
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 900,1900,850,2100
3G standards:HSPA+ / HSPA, UMTS / UMTS / UMTS, WCDMA
4G:No / Y / Yes
4G bands supported:2100,900,1800,800,2600,850 / 800, 850, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2300,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2600 / 850,1900,2100,2600 / 850,900,1800,2100,2600 / 850,900,2100,2600
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, DID, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HCRP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, HSP, AVRCP, MAP, OPP, HFP, PBAP, PAN, DID, HID, SAP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Battery pack: Yes
Bundled software:Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
Cables included:MICRO-USB / USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Flight mode:No / Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.4
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Notes, Events reminder, To-do list, Calculator, Calendar
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid / Sim-lock free
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
SyncML: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): No
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.6
Processor Model:410 / MSM 8916

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.4 / 5.1
SyncML: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:2 / 2048
Internal ROM:16
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:128 / 64
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid

Technical Details

Colour :Y / Yes
Google applications:Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Maps, Google Play, Google+, YouTube / Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search / Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Play / Google Voice Search, Google Maps, Google Play

Video

Video call:Y / Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.7 / 7.3
Height :13.9 / 139.3 / 144.8
Weight:123 / 155
Width:6.97 / 69.7 / 71